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Posted on 05/23/2022
How to keep your pets entertained while you work from home
Pet owners who work from home have lived with the conundrum of what to do with their pets during the day. Some have established large and lavish “apartment areas,” consisting of a large crated area filled with toys, bedding and other pet supplies; while others allow their pets to roam and sit beside them during their work hours....
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Posted on 04/05/2022
Checklist for buying a house: What to do first
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of home buying, it can be helpful to create a checklist for buying a house. Using a checklist can help you right from the beginning, since there are several important steps to take before you even begin your home search, like securing a mortgage lender. To help get you started, here...
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Posted on 04/05/2022
Understanding grandmillennial style
Sometimes called “granny chic,” the grandmillennial style of decorating has come to the forefront of accessible design trends. Grandmillennial style is a perfect balance of new and vintage, mixing beloved heirloom pieces with contemporary essentials. To help you understand the basics of this chic yet comfortable decorating scheme, here are some of the key elements of the style:...
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Posted on 04/04/2022
VA Loans: Major Benefits to Consider
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has helped countless veterans finance their home ownership goals. While you have the choice of a conventional loan offered by other mortgage lenders, there are some significant benefits to VA loans. Here are some of the most important advantages to consider: No Down Payment The most famous benefit of VA loans is...
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Posted on 03/28/2022
House Hunting Strategies That Produce Results
There's nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly what you want and taking the necessary steps to get it! Whether you're searching for the right job, your soul mate, or the home of your dreams, being clear about the results you want can help pave the way for success. When it comes to house hunting, there are several ways to...
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Posted on 03/23/2022
How to start buying a house: Basic steps
With myriad steps involved, the question of how to start buying a house might feel difficult to answer. Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases you’re likely to make, and you want to make sure you make the appropriate choices along the way. To help make the process more manageable, it’s helpful to break the...
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Posted on 03/22/2022
What are the average closing costs for a buyer?
When preparing for a new home purchase, it’s crucial to plan for the average closing costs for buyer hopefuls on a budget. Closing costs are made up of various service charges associated with the entire home buying process, including appraisals and title paperwork. Because closing costs can add up to thousands of dollars, it’s helpful to prepare for...
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Posted on 03/11/2022
Homeowners insurance: How much will it cost?
If you’re a first-time homebuyer working on a budget for your future plans, you might be wondering about homeowners insurance - how much will it cost, anyway? Unfortunately, the answer can get complicated, as it depends on several factors. To help you budget for your first home, here is a quick guide to what goes in to determining...
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Posted on 03/10/2022
Benefits & Disadvantages to Higher Down Payments Homebuyers Should Consider
Buying a home requires extensive financial planning. While the widely accepted standard for down payments has been 20% of the purchase price for decades, many are wondering if that’s still required. In reality, there are ways to qualify for a mortgage with less than 20% down payment—even some options without a down payment at all. However, there are...
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Posted on 02/28/2022
3 Home Staging Tips That Won't Break the Bank
Home staging doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of simple DIY changes you can make to prepare your home for potential buyers while sticking to your budget. Here are some ideas to help you get started: Organize Closets Prepare your closets to show off to potential buyers. Closets are a huge selling point and the...
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Posted on 02/25/2022
How to keep your pets safe when decorating with greenery
Decorating with greenery comes with many benefits, but living plants can be harmful to pets. If you're considering adding plants to your space, and you have a furry buddy or more at home, it's important to make pet-safe choices. Here are some ideas for how to decorate with greenery while keeping your furry friends safe: Opt for non-toxic...
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Posted on 02/22/2022
Upcycle to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Home
Farmhouse decor celebrates the rustic and comfortable aspects of country life. One of the many advantages of embracing this design style in your home is the opportunity to upcycle old items and give them new purpose. Here are some great ideas for DIY projects to make your own farmhouse decor. Upcycled Pallet Headboard Wooden pallets are essential to...
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